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6 DAY SUMMER PACKAGE

Includes some of Icelands most exciting activities such as snorkeling, river rafting & much more

This all-in-one adventure combo tour gives you the ultimate Iceland experience with a great range of amazing activities and almost too many highlights to list!

This all-in-one adventure combo tour gives you the ultimate Iceland experience with a great range of amazing activities and almost too many highlights to list!

Caving Glacier-Hiking Geysir Hiking Horse-Riding Hot-Spring Rafting Snorkeling
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This is Arctic Adventure’s best value and most amazing Iceland adventure package! You will quite simply see and experience all of South and South East Iceland’s most treasured sights and activities in six extraordinary activity packed days. If you want the most exciting time ever this is the tour for you.

 

  • Availability

    Jun. - Sept.

  • Duration

    6 days

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Moderate

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    12 years

  • Ratio

    1:8-16

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    119.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Hiking in Landmannalaugar geothermal wonderland
Bathing in Landmannalaugar hot pool
Snorkeling in Silfra fissure
Lava caving
Hot springs & Horseback riding
Golden Circle (Thingvellir, Gullfoss, Geysir)
Seljalandsfoss waterfall
Skógafoss waterfall
Reynisfjara black sand beach
Jökulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Diamond Beach
River Rafting in Hvita River
Whale Watching
Blue Lagoon
Included
Transfers with pick-up from Reykjavik
Guided Golden Circle sightseeing tour in minibus
All listed activities
All necessary equipment for each activity
Entrance to the Blue Lagoon
Excellent guides for each activity

This tour package offers a combination of multiple day tours from Reykjavík.

Landmannalaugar Nature reserve
Difficulty level: Moderate
This tour will take you hiking in the incredibly beautiful Landmannalaugar Nature Reserve in the highlands, only accessible with 4×4 vehicles. The vibrantly colored rhyolite and soft sand colored peaks of the mountains offer some really unique scenery. Bathe in the geothermal hot spring pool as steam rises serenely around you. The total hiking distance is approximately 8-10 km.

Snorkeling in Silfra & Lava caving
Difficulty level: Moderate
The exceptionally clear water within the Silfra fissure in Thingvellir National Park is just one reason why this is a world famous dive. You will actually be diving in the fissure between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. Silfra is the only place in the world where you can do this. This has to be one of the coolest experiences in Iceland. Have no worries, we provide a top quality drysuit to keep you warm and comfortable! Iceland is often talked about as the land of Ice and fire. There are dozens of earthquakes every day and much of the land consists of huge lava fields, never letting us forget this is one of the most volcanically active places on earth. The lava tube caves we will visit on our caving tours were formed when liquid lava flowed in high volume beneath a hardening surface, these incredible tubes are just perfect for exploring! Lava tubing will show you a different angle on Iceland. Walk in the speleologist’s shoes and explore these magnificent natural formations just beneath the surface.

Hot spring hunt & Horseback riding
Difficulty level: Moderate
Our Hot Spring Hunt trail to Reykjadalur Valley in Hveragerði begins just 40 minutes out of Reykjavík. This easy hike provides a rare opportunity to see every type of hot spring Iceland has to offer. There is a natural hot spring river at the end of the valley where you can enjoy bathing. Ride an Icelandic horse, the isolation of Iceland has preserved the purity of the breed since the time of settlement nearly 1150 years ago. These sure-footed, small but strong horses have an additional kind of ambling gait, known as tölt. Tölt like a Viking!

South Coast Sightseeing & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Difficulty level: Easy
This trip will take you to the beautiful south coast of Iceland with stops at all of the highlight including the stunning waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss along with the stunning Reynisfjara beach.
We will also take you to the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull. It covers over 8100 km2 and has around 30 outlet glaciers. Vatnajökull National Park, founded in 2008, is now the largest protected area in Europe, incorporating the Skaftafell National Park and Jökulsárgljúfur Nature Reserve.  The National Park has highly prized natural marvels: huge glacial rivers, stunning canyons, beautiful glacier lagoons and impressive waterfalls. Numerous outlet glaciers extend to the south: Falljökull; Breiðamerkurjökull; and Öræfajökull home to Iceland´s peak, Hvannadalshnúkur, to name but a few. The epic iceberg filled lagoon in South East of Iceland covers about 18 km². The icebergs calve off from Breiðamerkurjökull, a tongue of Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe. The unforgettable scenes here will stay with you forever. Scenes of the James Bond movies Die Another Day, A View to Kill and also Lara Croft Tomb Raider were filmed here, so don´t be surprised if you have a deja vu moment! The nearby coal black Diamond Beach, where some of these icebergs are washed ashore, is an absolute stunner. Remember your camera!

Golden Circle Sightseeing & River Rafting
Difficulty level: Easy
The famous Golden Circle route contains three outstanding natural phenomena. The geothermal area, Geysir, home of the original erupting hot spring, from which the English word to describe this activity, “geyser”, is taken. Nowadays, a nearby geysir, Strokkur, is the one to watch. The magnificent sight of superheated water exploding high into the air every few minutes is not to be missed. Next, there is Gullfoss (the Golden Waterfall) – an amazing sight. The waters of the powerful Hvítá (the White River) power through the canyon, dropping 32 m in two stages with breathtaking power and grandeur. Last but not least, is the Þingvellir National Park. UNESCO listed Þingvellir as a World Heritage Site due to its exceptional history and geology. It is the birthplace of Alþingi, one of the earliest parliaments in the world, founded in 930 CE. The Mid-Atlantic Ridge runs through Þingvellir, creating a dramatic rift valley.  The largest lake in Iceland, Þingvallavatn, is also to be found at Þingvellir. Our rafting base camp, located at Drumboddstaðir, is the starting point of our rafting tours near Gullfoss canyon. The Hvítá river provides a balanced blend of beautiful, steep canyons and adrenaline pumping rapids. You will raft through the magnificent Brúarhlöð Canyon, there is also the option of jumping from a cliff into the river. We provide a wetsuit, life vest, helmet and a paddle. Our safety kayakers will be next to the rafting boat. The base camp facilities include hot showers and sauna, together with refreshments and a bar – perfect to enjoy after your rafting trip.

Whale Watching & A visit to the Blue Lagoon
Difficulty level: Easy
We most often see Minke Whales, Humpback Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises. Our qualified guides provide a lot of information so you can learn all about the wildlife as you travel across Faxaflói Bay. Weather and sea conditions play a big role in what we see – we will always put you in the best place to see whales, often not more than 15 km from the harbor. Special suits are provided but we advise you to come with warm clothes, hats, scarves and gloves etc. Hot drinks and soup are available from the onboard café. The iconic Blue lagoon is the first things that come to mind for a lot of people when they think about Iceland, it is a ‘must-do’. The lagoon is filled with natural geothermal water which has flowed up through the lava making it extremely silica and mineral-rich. The water will leave your skin silky smooth.  Doctors in Iceland send patients with psoriasis and eczema to the Blue Lagoon Clinic to bathe in these waters. Allow the soothing waters and lava scenery to wash over you!

Vouchers
Once we receive your booking for the 6 day Summer Package our sales agents will book all of the activities included in the package and send you a separate email containing your itinerary and vouchers for each activity.
It is important that you inform us where you will be staying in Iceland so that we can arrange the pick up service accordingly.

Pick up & drop off times:
Landmannalaugar Hiking Tour: 7 am, back approx. 9-10 pm.
Hot Spring Hunt & Horseback Riding: 8 am, back approx. 5 pm.
South Coast & Jokulsarlon: 8 am, back approx. 11:30 pm.
Snorkeling in Silfra & Lava Caving:
9 am, back approx. 5 pm.
Golden Circle & Rafting: 8 am, back approx. 5:00 pm
Whale Watching & Blue Lagoon: For the whale watching you will have to meet us at the downtown Reykjavik harbor, no later than 30 minutes prior to your departure. Pick up & departure times for both activities are to be confirmed by one of our agents after booking.

What to bring: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, head-wear, gloves, bathing suit, packed lunch, towel and a change of clothing. Good hiking shoes are recommended.

What if I don’t own the necessary clothing items?
You can always rent sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process. We do not rent gear from the locations.

If you don’t want to do the whole package these activities can all be done separately:
Landmannalaugar hiking tour
Snorkeling and caving
Hot springs and Horses
South Coast and Glacier lagoon
Golden Circle and Rafting

Please note

Flights, food and accommodation are not included in this tour.

This tour is put together of different adventure tours from Reykjavík, the order of the tours can vary between departures. We will send you the final itinerary once your tour is booked.

Day 1: Landmannalaugar Hiking Trip

Iceland-Landmannalaugar- Laugavegur-hike-trekking

Pick up is offered from authorized pick up points in the downtown Reykjavik area. Exact pick up time to be confirmed by one of our agents after booking.
Please note that the pick up can take up to 30 min.

On our first day, we go to the majestic interior highlands for the Landmannalaugar experience. Explore this unique rhyolite mountain and geothermal hot spring paradise, an absolute wonder for geology enthusiasts and hikers alike. As the colorful mountain peaks surround you will begin to understand why this place is so famous and, indeed, so special. Hiking paths will lead you into the mountains where the magic of Landmannalaugar will unfold before your eyes, red, or green mountain peaks? No, you are not seeing things! This is the real deal, and those vibrant colors are really there! Your knowledgeable guide will explain the formation of this amazing landscape to you.

You must remember your bathing suit and a towel for a dip in one of the great natural hot spring pools of Iceland. With steam billowing from the warm water and nature all around you bathing is so relaxing – there are times when it is good to be less active! On the return drive to Reykjavík you will pass through the highly active volcanic area around the famous volcano mountain, Hekla.

Day Highlights
Landmannalaugar
Hiking in the highlands
Natural hot pool
Hekla mountain
Fjallabak area
Included
Pick up in Reykjavik
Guided Hiking tour with experienced guide
Hot spring bathing

Day 2: Snorkeling and Caving

Silfra-Fissure-Snorkeling-Tour-Iceland

Pick up starts at 8:00 am from authorized pick-up points in the downtown Reykjavik area.
Please note that the pick up can take up to 30 min.

On the second day of your holiday we explore the hidden magic beneath the surface. We do not have to travel far from Reykjavík to find the lava tube cave, this particular gem is situated between Þingvellir National Park and Laugarvatn.

You are equipped with a safety helmet and a headlamp (miner´s lamp) so you will be able to see the fascinating world which exists not far beneath our feet. Accompanied by a professional and knowledgeable caving guide you will see amazing jagged rock formations, extraordinary colors and geological formations. The cave is quite spacious but there will be times when you need to travel on all-fours, much of the time you can stand tall. Exploring this typical lava tube cave will give you a fascinating insight into the volcanic activities which have shaped Iceland.

Now for a breathtaking snorkeling trip into the ravine between the tectonic plates at Silfra, in the heart of Þingvellir National Park. The clarity of the water within Silfra is unrivaled anywhere in the world. It is the crystal clear underwater views coupled with its location within the Mid-Atlantic Rift which makes Silfra a world top ten dive. It is even better for snorkeling. We provide a good quality drysuit to keep you comfortable. After a quick briefing you are then ready to enter this fascinating and exotic environment. You will discover the kind of scenery which is more often associated with the tropics.

Please note: You will not be able to wear glasses whilst snorkeling, so unless you bring prescription goggles you will need to wear contact lenses. It is also important that you are able to clearly understand instructions given in English. There are some health and fitness requirements for snorkeling, together with size restrictions (drysuit sizes available), please ask about these when you book your tour.

 

Day Highlights
Thingvellir National Park
Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure
Lavafield
Lava Caving
Snorkeling between the tectonic plates
Included
Pick up in Reykjavik
Snorkeling in Silfra with certified guide
All necessary snorkeling equipment
Lava caving with experienced caving guide
All necessary caving equipment

Day 3: Hot Springs and Horses

Pick up is offered from authorized pick up points in the downtown Reykjavik area. Exact pick up time to be confirmed by one of our agents after booking.
Please note that the pick up can take up to 30 min.

We begin day 3 with a hike to the amazing hot spring area of Reykjadalur valley, Hveragerði. We take a fairly easy but highly rewarding trek through the mountains in an area which is literally riddled with hot springs. Steam can always be seen floating across the hillside from multiple points, creating a mystical appearance and feeling. You will encounter many different kinds of hot spring. Your hiking efforts will take you through splendid scenery to a river where hot spring water blends with a natural cool water source creating a perfect temperature for bathing. So, be certain to remember your bathing suit and a towel! After a replenishing dip you will feel ready for the return hike. Along the way your friendly hiking guide will offer you lots of information about the area and, of course, answer any questions you may have about this highly unusual and fascinating area. Next on the agenda is the Icelandic horse. We are off to the Eldhestar Horse Farm where you will have light refreshments followed by a horse riding trip. This gives you a great chance to get to know the Icelandic horse and its unique abilities and also to explore a little Icelandic farmland.

These horses are among the purest breeds in the world. Brought to Iceland by the settlers who came not far short of 1150 years ago in around 871 CE, the isolation of Iceland helped to keep the breed pure. However, it was obviously important to the early Icelandic people that the purity of the breed was protected. In 982 AD, Alþing, the Icelandic Parliament passed a law forbidding the importation of horses, ruling out any future cross-breeding. These very strong, sturdy but small horses were uniquely suited to the Icelandic terrain and life before the machine age took over, perhaps a little later here than in some other parts of Europe.

Day Highlights
Reykjadalur Valley
Natural Hot Spring
Hiking
Icelandic horses
Included
Pick up form Reykjavik
Hike through the hot spring area
Bathe in a hot spring river
Horseback riding tour with experienced guide
All necessary horse riding equipment

Day 4: South Coast and Glacier Lagoon

Jokulsarlon glacoer lagoon Iceland

Pick up is offered from authorized pick up points in the downtown Reykjavik area. Exact pick up time to be confirmed by one of our agents after booking.
Please note that the pick up can take up to 30 min.

Today we start our day in Reykjavik. We drive along the south coast towards the stunning waterfall Seljalandsfoss, a waterfall you can walk behind and the surroundings are beautiful.

Our next stop is at the charming area of Skógar where the beautiful waterfall Skógafoss is located. The two waterfalls are both 60 meters in height but very different in power, flow and surrounding scenery. We recommend walking up the right side of the waterfall to see the troll face that stares at the falls. Urban legend says that the troll forgot time staring at this alluring waterfall and turned into stone when sunrise came.

There is much more to come! We travel to one of the most the famous and extraordinary places in Iceland, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. The lagoon is filled with the huge towering, and amazingly shaped icebergs which calve off the retreating Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, another tongue of Vatnajökull. You will be stunned by the blue shades which glitter like precious jewels within these natural ice forms. Blue appears in very old ice due to compression, however, sometimes really bright blues will be seen, these are caused by algae and may appear in young or old ice. With Vatnajökull hovering above you there is ample opportunity to take the most amazing photographs before wandering over to the nearby Diamond Beach. Some of the icebergs are washed up on the dramatic black sands where they glitter like diamonds, a truly amazing sight. There will be a short stop where you can purchase some coffee, and maybe a warm Icelandic waffle with cream and jam before we continue on our journey.

Summer in Iceland means non-stop daylight which means that we still have time to visit the wonderful Reynisfjara black sand beach on our way back. With its volcanic sand and basalt columns it’s slowly getting to be one of the most popular sights along the South Coast. We will be there pretty late so we hope to have it all to ourselves.

After a stroll on the Reynisfjara beach, we head back to Reykjavik and should be back home before midnight.

Day Highlights
Vatnajokull National Park
Virkisjokull glacial river views
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon (Jokulsarlon)
Seljalandsfoss waterfall
Reynisfjara black sand beach
Skógarfoss waterfall
Included
Pick up from Reykjavik
All necessary glacier equipment

Day 5: Golden Circle and Rafting

Gullfoss-waterfall-South Iceland

Pick up starts at 8 am from authorized pick up points in the downtown Reykjavik area.
Please note that the pick up can take up to 30 min.

The morning starts with a visit to the Golden Circle. Gullfoss (the Golden Waterfall) is always surrounded by the golden hued mist which, no doubt, caused it to be so named. A quick visit to the geyser geothermal area to witness Strokkur, propelling boiling water and steam skywards, see if you can feel the moment when Strokkur will explode! Next on the agenda is Þingvellir National Park, the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk through the rugged rift valley and stand in the atmospheric spot where the Law Speaker, the supreme chieftain and legal officer of the land, stood to proclaim the law in ancient times. Today a flag marks the Law Rock (Lögberg), seldom has a great political leader spoken from such a dramatic stage!

We head on to the river rafting base camp at Drumbó, having lunch in the comfortable restaurant (not included) before the action gets underway. Rafting this section of the fast and powerful Hvítá river is both a beautiful and a really exciting adrenaline raising activity. There is a blend of rapids and more peaceful sections where you can take a breath and admire stupendous views. Those who wish to can leap into the river at the magnificent Brúarhlöð Canyon. After your exhilarating river rafting trip there will be time for you to relax in the sauna, take a shower and enjoy a drink or a snack. Then it is back to Reykjavík!

 

 

Day Highlights
Gullfoss Waterfall
Geysir Geothermal Area
Thingvellir National Park
Hvítá (the White River)
River Rafting
Hot Sauna
Included
Pick up from Reykjavik
Guided tour in minibus
Visit to the Golden Circle attractions
River rafting on Hvítá (the White River)
Experienced Guide & Safety Kayakers
All necessary rafting equipment

Day 6: Whale Watching and Blue Lagoon

Humpback-whale-watching-Iceland

Please note that participants are required to meet up at the Old Reykjavik harbor at least 30 minutes prior to their departure for the whale watching tour. Pick up & departure times for both activities are to be confirmed by one of our agents after booking as entrance times to the lagoon are subject to the availability of the lagoon.

First, an exhilarating whale watching boat trip on the  North Atlantic Ocean. Taste the salt-tang of the open sea as you search for these majestic giants of the deep. We always do our very best to take you to the places where sightings are most likely, whether these are close to the shore or up to 15 km off-shore.  We recommend you to wear warm clothes including headwear, scarves and gloves, even on a warm day it can get surprisingly cool out on the water. Do not forget your sunglasses and sun cream, the sun around Iceland is much more powerful than many people think! We provide a comfortable warm suit, hot drinks and snacks are available from the on-board café.

After you step back onto dry land you will need to make your way to the pick up point you have arranged for your tour to the world famous Blue Lagoon.

Enjoy the scenery as you head through the lava landscapes of this volcanically active peninsula, some lava is resplendent with incredibly vibrant mosses. Immerse yourself in the calm milky mineral and algae rich waters of the lagoon, sheer bliss! With a treasure trove of memories and a wealth of stories to tell in your homeland you return once more to Reykjavík!

*Please note that this itinerary is a drafted itinerary whereas the order of the days may be swapped and you might start with the Whale Watching & Blue lagoon visit and end with the Landmannalaugar Hiking or the Golden Circle & Rafting adventure.

Day Highlights
Whale watching
Reykjavik Downtown Harbor
Blue Lagoon
Included
Pick up from Reykjavik
Whale watching from boat
Entrance to Blue Lagoon
Is accommodation included in this tour?

Accommodation is unfortunately not included in our adventure packages. The packages are combination tours of multiple day tours from Reykjavik. We therefore recommend that travelers interested in our adventure packages book their accommodation in Reykjavik.

How is it best to be ready for a pick-up for a tour with Arctic Adventures?

This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.

Here you should wait for your guide.

Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.

View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.

After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.

Do you offer any family friendly tours, for younger children?

Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Special Tours, has been a favourite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summer time).

Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs. Most of our jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.

Can the itinerary for the tour change?

Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures tour?

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.

All of our tours are guided in English.

What type of power outlets are used in Iceland? Do I need to bring an adapter?

The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.

How are the tours rated in terms of difficulty?

Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.

For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.

 

What equipment do you provide for the lave tube caving trip?

We provide you with a headlight and a helmet.

What should I wear on a lava caving tour in Iceland?

Like always in Iceland, it’s best to dress in layers. Warm layers closest to you preferably wool/thermal underwear, pants sweater and on top waterproof outdoor clothing. We also recommend that you wear good hiking boots and gloves. Jeans have proven to be a bad choice.

What is the best way to prepare for the tour?

All relevant information for the tour can be found in our snorkelling handbook.

Can I bring my camera on my snorkeling tour?

Yes, you can bring a camera, but if it is not waterproof it will get ruined, so we would recommend that it is waterproof.

Where is the meeting point for the snorkeling tours at Þingvellir?

If you plan to drive and meet us on location, the meeting point is at the Silfra car park, in Thingvellir National Park.

GPS: 64°15’23.508″N 21°6’58.676″W

Note that the National Park charges a small parking fee of 500 ISK.

We kindly ask you to be at the Silfra car park 15 Minutes prior to your tour starts.

Do you offer photos from the snorkeling tour?

Our guides normally have an underwater camera and usually takes photos during the tour. If you are interested in photos please let your guide know before you go to the water.

You can then buy the photos from your guide at the end of the tour, for a price of 3 900 ISK, which includes all the photos from that day. Kindly note that photos cannot be guaranteed. Our customer’s safety and wellbeing is our first priority, and therefore the guide will focus on snorkelers as a priority when in the water and taking photo’s when everyone is comfortable.

Can I wear glasses on a snorkeling tour in Silfra?

Unfortunately, glasses don’t create a seal between your face and the mask. We recommend wearing contact lenses instead.

I am pregnant, can I participate in the snorkeling tour?

You are not able to participate in the snorkelling tour if you are pregnant.

Do I need to be able to understand and communicate in English in order to participate in the tour?

Yes, it is snorkelling that you can both understand and communicate in English in order to participate in the tour.

Can we do snorkeling and diving at the same time?

Some snorkelling tours match with a dive tour, and then you will be in the same area at the same time. You will, however, be in separate groups with separate guides, and won’t be in the water exactly at the same time.

Are there any weight restrictions to participate in the snorkeling tours?
The minimum height is:
  • 150 cm (4’9)
The minimum weight is:
  • 45 kg (99 lbs)

The maximum height is:
  • 200 cm (6’5)
The maximum weight is:
  • 120 kg (265 lbs)
Do I need to know how to swim in order to participate in the tour?

You need to know how to swim independently in order to enjoy this adventure.

What is snorkelling in Iceland like?

When snorkelling in Iceland you will be wearing a dry suit, hood and gloves made of neoprene, along with fins, mask and snorkel. This equipment will make it not only possible but also very enjoyable, to stay in the water despite the low temperature. It is a fantastic experience.

Do I need any previous experience?

No, you don’t need any previous experience of snorkeling, but it is important that you can swim independently and that you are comfortable in the water.

What clothing should I wear?

Please wear or bring some long underwear and some warm socks. Wool or fleece is the best material to wear. You will be wearing your long underwear and warm socks under the dry suit.

Will I stay dry in the water?

The idea behind the dry suit is that it should keep your body dry. We are using top quality dry suits from respected manufacturers. It is good to know that there is always a small risk that water can enter the dry suit. This is not dangerous, but can feel a little cold. We recommend you bring a spare set of clothes and a towel, just in case. Kindly note that your hands and face will get wet, which is completely normal and not actually that cold.

What equipment do you provide?

We provide undergarment and neoprene dry suits from Waterproof and 0’Three. We also provide neoprene hood and neoprene wet gloves to protect your head and hands from the cold. You will also be given fins, mask and snorkel.

How many snorkelers will be on each tour?

Our client to guide ratio is one guide for every 6 snorkelers.

What is the temperature in Silfra Fissure?

The water temperature is 2-4 degrees C (35-37 degrees F) all year round. The water comes from the Langjökull glacier which keeps it nice and cool, and very refreshing!

What kind of dry suits do you provide?

We use high quality neoprene dry suits from Waterproof International and O´Three.

Do I have to know how to swim to go on river rafting with Arctic Adventures?

Yes, absolutely, each paddler on a rafting boat has to know how to swim.

What is the minimum age for a participant on a river rafting tour with Arctic Adventures?

On the Gullfoss Canyon Rafting, the minimum age is 11 years if accompanied by a guardian.

On the Wonderful West, the minimum age is 6 years if accompanied by a guardian.

On the Beast of the East, the minimum age is 18 years.

On the 3 Day River Rush the minimum age is 18 years.

Can I bring my camera with me on the raft?

Yes, you can bring your camera if you like, but if it is not waterproof then it will 100% get ruined.

At Drumbó your options are bringing a waterproof camera, renting a GoPro from us or buying a disposable waterproof camera.

At Hafgrímsstaðir your options are bringing a waterproof camera or getting a copy of the photo/photos one of the guides takes during the tour. A photographer/guides is not a guaranteed part of the tour, so should you wish to arrange photos in advance, please let us know and we will make sure to have a photographer along on the trip.

Is there a guide in each river rafting boat?

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified river guide in every boat.

How does the river grading system work?

GRADE 1: EASY

Fast moving water with very small waves and without obstructions. Passages are obvious and easily navigated. Risk to swimmers is slight; self-rescue is easy.

GRADE 2: NOVICE

Simple rapids with regular small waves, easy eddies, and gradual bends. Wide, clear channels make navigating easy without scouting. Little manoeuvering is required, and rocks and obstructions are easily avoidable. Rapids that are at the upper end of this difficulty range are designated Class II+.

GRADE 3: INTERMEDIATE

Rapids with strong currents, large waves, powerful hydraulics, and obstructions that may be difficult to avoid. Controlled manoeuvres are often required to navigate, although passages are simple and have relatively little objective danger. Scouting is advisable for inexperienced parties. Rapids at the lower and upper end of this difficulty range are designated Grade 3- and Grade 3+ respectively.

Grade 4: ADVANCED

Difficult yet predictable rapids with large, irregular waves, boiling eddies, powerful hydraulics, steeper gradient, and some unavoidable obstructions. Passages are often difficult to recognize, and require precise boat control and skillful manoeuvering to navigate. Scouting is likely necessary for safe passage, and self-rescue is difficult. Rapids at the lower and upper end of this difficulty range are designated Grade 4- and Grade 4+ respectively.

GRADE 5: EXPERT

Long, powerful, obstructed, and unpredictable rapids that expose paddlers to significant danger. Rapids are steep with large, unavoidable waves and major hydraulics, congested chutes, and many obstructions. Complex, demanding routes require precise boat control, “must make” moves, and a high level of mental and physical fitness. What eddies exist may be small, turbulent, and difficult to reach. Scouting is necessary but may be difficult. Swims are dangerous, and rescue is often difficult even for experts. Proper equipment, extensive experience, and practiced rescue skills are essential.

GRADE 6: EXTREME

All previous difficulties increased to the absolute limit of practicability, suitable for teams of specially prepared experts only. Runs of this classification are rarely attempted and often exemplify the extremes of difficulty, unpredictability and danger. The consequences of errors are very severe and rescue may be impossible.

How far is Drumbo Base Camp from Reykjavik?

Drumbó is located about 98 kilometres from Reykjaík. See map for directions.

What are the facilities like at Drumbo Base Camp?

The Drumbó Base Camp has a reception, bar, sitting area inside and out, showers and a sauna. It’s pretty much the perfect rafting base, or at least we think so…

What should I bring/wear on a river rafting tour at Hvita?

For lower body: Swimming wear (or a change of underclothing) to wear under your rafting pants and/or for the sauna and warm woollen socks.

For the upper body: Bring a warm fleece or a wool sweater to wear under your rafting jacket (it will get wet), any necessary medications (asthma inhalers, etc.) and a towel to dry off after your trip. Everything else we will provide.

Can I combine River Rafting with other activities in a one day tour?

Yes and we even have many options for you. We offer river rafting combined with other activities such as –
Beer Tasting
Whale Watching
Horse Riding
ATV’s
Golden Circle

Do I need to bring an extra set of clothes?

It is recommended that you bring a spare set of clothes as you will get wet when participating in Rafting. It will mean that you are able to change into nice dry clothes when the activity is finished.

Do you offer a tour that is solely the Golden Circle?

Yes, we offer the tour Golden Circle small group tour which is basically the Golden Circle with some extra stops. This tour is focusing on sightseeing and the history of Iceland. Our stops are Gullfoss waterfall, Þingvellir national park (home to one of the first parliaments of the world), Geysir hot spring area and the historic Skálholt cathedral. View Golden Circle Tours.

What sights will I see on the Golden Circle?

The tour is based around the three most popular attractions in Iceland Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall and The Great Geysir. We offer several Golden Circle trips that combine sightseeing with some of our adventure tours.

What if I don’t own all of these clothing necessaries?

Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process or add it to your booking using this link. Please keep in mind that we do not rent gear on location.

What type of weather can I expect? What should I wear?

First of all, check the weather forecast but keep in mind that the weather in Iceland can be extremely unpredictable, as you may have heard. We have a saying “If you don’t like the weather in Iceland, just wait 5 minutes” which is sometimes disturbingly accurate!

The weather can be anything from sunny to snowy in almost any season although snow is rare during summer time. We do suggest that you dress accordingly. This means in layers, thermal closest to you and waterproof on top. We’ve prepared a guide to help you get ready for your adventures, check out – How to prepare for hiking and trekking in Iceland.

Can I wear jeans and sneakers?

No, please do not wear jeans and sneakers on this tour, it’s not appropriate clothing for this type of tour. It’s a long day of hiking so jeans and sneakers will quickly uncomfortable. Check the list of what to bring to see what kind of clothing is appropriate.

How is the weather/climate in Iceland?

There is a saying in Iceland, if you don’t like the weather just wait 5 minutes. This might sound like a joke but it is strangely true! Thanks to the beloved Gulf Stream, our country enjoys a cool, temperate maritime climate, this means refreshing summers and fairly mild winters. So basically, Iceland maintains a surprisingly moderate temperature all year around. For further information about the weather in Iceland and how to dress for it.

If your tour includes a glacier activity it’s very important to dress appropriately. Dress in 3 or 4 upper layers such as a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment, topped off with a waterproof windbreaker. Jeans are not recommended for our trips as they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet. Lightweight hiking pants, track pants or long cotton pants are best and then wind/waterproof pants over. We also recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy due to the high UV and sunlight reflection from the glacier.

You will need sturdy hiking boots that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours.

How do I get to Reykjavik from Keflavík International Airport?

The drive from KEF airport to Reykjavik takes around 45 minutes. If your flight is delayed, please call our customer service team to go over what options you may have.

These are the two most common ways to get from the airport to Reykjavik city:

Airport Shuttle

The cheapest and most convenient way of getting to and from Keflavik International Airport. The shuttle drops you off at the BSI Bus Terminal downtown or takes you all the way to your hotel or the closest drop off location. If you’re arriving on the same day as your tour departures we highly recommend to pick BSI Bus terminal as your pick up location.

Book your airport transfer in Iceland.

Taxi

The quickest way to get to Reykjavik city is by a taxi. The taxis can drop you off at any of our pick-up locations. Taking a taxi is always more expensive than the airport shuttle.  

For further information about getting to and from Keflavík International Airport.

What is it like to drive in Iceland?

Driving in Iceland can be tricky for two different reasons. The first being the weather conditions, especially in the winter months. The second reason is that if you’re not experienced in driving in conditions such as ice and snow then it could become dangerous.

If you are choosing a self-drive tour or to meet on location then make sure you have checked the driving conditions to make sure it is safe. At road.is you can find all the latest updates about travelling around Iceland. You should still check in the summer months just to make sure there is no storms or other types of weather warnings.

What is internet access like in Iceland?

Iceland is a very high-tech country and we actually have one of the highest rates of Internet usage in the world. Many restaurants and cafés, especially in Reykjavik, have free Wi-Fi access, so if you have a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone you can get Internet access almost anywhere. All of our vehicles also have free Wi-Fi.

What is tipping like in Iceland?

Tipping is not a requirement in Iceland although it is permitted and is well received in most cases.

Should I bring mosquito repellent when traveling to Iceland?

Here is the plus side to a cold country like Iceland. No dangerous insects survive here! Iceland has about three areas where some mosquitoes have now settled but nothing you will have to worry about on our tours. So, to sum it up, no you will not need any repellant!

Are there any useful numbers and services to know in Iceland?

Emergency number 112

Police 444-1000

Medical assistance 1770

Dental Emergency 575-0505

General Information 1819

Weather forecast www.en.vedur.is

Road conditions www.road.is

What are the main advantages of booking a multi-day tour with Arctic Adventures?

Our multi-day tours are operated in a minibus which will give you a small group experience and a better connection with the guide.

Accommodation is included during your multi-day tour which is often booked far in advance. By booking with us, you don’t have to worry about finding an accommodation during the time of the tour. Staying overnight in the countryside gives you the opportunity to explore Iceland further and experience places that you would normally not be able to on a one day tour. Note that Adventure packages do not include accommodation.

You’ll have an English speaking licensed adventure guide throughout the tour that will be able to tell you about everything you will see along the way and knows where the best locations to stop by are to give you the absolute best experience.

What kind of rooms can be expected when booking the multi-day tour with Arctic Adventures?

When booking with Arctic Adventures, you are guaranteed an accommodation at a nice country hotel and/or a guesthouse. The hotels we have partnered up with are all of the same standard and offer nice rooms with made-up beds. The rooms come with private or shared bathrooms, depending on your booking. The standard room is a twin room but it’s possible to request a double room or a triple room, with no extra charge.

If you are traveling solo, you will have to add the single room fee if you wish to have a single room.

All hotels have free Wi-Fi. Towels, a hairdryer and a kettle are accessible at all of the hotels. Hotel breakfast is included!

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

A single supplement is available if you want to have your own room, but you are not required to pay a single supplement. If you are a single traveler and do not wish to book a single room, you’ll be roomed with another traveler of the same gender.

Are meals included in the tour?

If your tour includes an accommodation, breakfast is included during the tour at the hotel/guesthouse restaurant. Meals and beverages are otherwise not included on your tour. However, we will be making stops at restaurants and convenience stores where you will be able to purchase all necessities.

You should count on spending around 8,000 ISK (80$) on food each day per person. Cash is not necessary, as credit cards are almost always accepted. Having a small amount of cash doesn’t hurt though.

Which type of meal options are available for me on the tour?

Breakfast is included at all the hotels we stay in during the tour. The breakfast will be a typical breakfast buffet, offering bread, toppings, cereal, yogurt, fruits, coffee, and tea etc.

Your guide will also find a good place for the group to eat lunch. We always try to choose places that have a wide selection of dishes on the menu, so there will be options available for everyone. The dinner is usually at the hotels we stay at for the night.

What is my luggage allowance on a multi-day tour?

For multi-day tours, each participant is allowed to bring a small backpack and 1 piece of luggage weighing a maximum of 20 kg (44 lbs).

* The combined dimensions of each bag must not exceed 158 cm (62 in).

* It’s possible to store your luggage with us in Reykjavík while you are on your tour, for a small fee. We highly recommend storing the luggage in Reykjavík to help us reduce our carbon footprint.

* Please note that luggage storage is not refundable.

Does this tour suit me?

We do welcome participants of all ages older than the listed minimum age for each tour. We have people of ages ranging from 8-99 years joining our multi-day tours.  Our average group usually consists of participants between the age 20-55 years. We do get a lot of solo travellers joining our tours, as well as families and friends.

If you have difficulties participating in any of the activities included in the tour, for example, a glacier activity, you are more than welcome to skip it. You can explore your surroundings in the meantime or wait elsewhere. Our guide should be able to drop you off at a nearby place where there are some services available.

What will the average driving per day be?

We drive on average around 300 km (186 miles) per day on our multi-day tours. You will be spending approximately 4-5 hours in the car each day. We do of course stop on multiple locations throughout the tour for sightseeing, activities, bathroom breaks and lunch stops.

I'm not sure I have all suitable gear, do you offer any for rent?

If you are not sure that you have suitable gear for your tour, we offer some necessary items for rent. For most of our multi-day tours, we rent out waterproof jackets and pants as well as hiking boots. You can book these items and more under the selection “Extras” in the booking widget when booking your tour on our website.

If you have already booked the tour and wish to add some rental gear to your booking, you can do so at least 24 hours prior to your tour starts.

For further information about rental gear:

2 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

3 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

4 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

5 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

6 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

Is it guaranteed that we will see the Northern Lights during the tour?

Most of the hotels we use during our tours are remotely located and therefore ideal to spot the northern lights. If the forecast is in your favor, then it is more than likely that you will be able to see the magical show put on by the dancing northern lights during your tour with us. Most of the hotels offer a Northern Lights wake up call up on request if they lights are spotted.

The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and therefore we can unfortunately never promise that they will be seen. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions. The best time to see them is between September and March when it’s dark and clear. The sky needs to be as dark as possible, so the best places to see them are well away from city lights (that’s where we are going!).

For more information on the Northern Lights, please have a look at our Northern Lights information.

If we arrive in Iceland on the same date as we booked our tour, could we miss out on it?

We always recommend booking a multi-day tour starting at least one day after arriving in Iceland. If you’re flying in from the US or will be landing early (4-6:30 am) you should be able to join the tour, but some risks would follow (i.e if the flight gets delayed) and could, therefore, miss out on the tour.

How do I book a tour with Arctic Adventures and what information do you need from me?

There are a few different ways you can book our trips. First of all, you can book almost all our trips right here on our website. There is a booking window on each tour page and we do recommend that you book and pay for your trip there, preferably in good time as we keep our groups small and some tours tend to sell out.

If the trip you would like to book is not bookable online, you can call our office directly, the phone number is +354 562 7000. Another way is to send us an e-mail with an inquiry through our contact form. What we need to have is your name, how many people are in your party, where you are staying, a way of contacting you either an e-mail or a phone number and what tour you are trying to book.

How do I pay for a tour with Arctic Adventures?
  1. You can pay through the internet, through our website. This is by far the easiest, safest and fastest way to reserve and pay for your adventure. If you choose this way then you will receive a voucher as a confirmation via e-mail which you will need to bring with you for your trip.
  2. You can pay via phone, the phone number is +354 562 7000.Please Note: However you pay, you will always get a voucher: REMEMBER TO PRINT IT OUT AND BRING IT ALONG OR MAKE SURE THAT YOU CAN SHOW IT ON YOUR ELECTRONIC DEVICE!
When is a booking for a tour with Arctic Adventures confirmed?

A booking is confirmed when you receive a confirmation email. If you think you have made a booking and have not received an email confirmation, please send us an e-mail with an inquiry through our contact form, and we will figure this out together.

What currency do you accept?

We process all payments in Icelandic króna (ISK). Prices in your currency might vary slightly depending on the conversion rate set by your card issuer.

Arctic Adventures is not responsible for currency changes between different currencies.

Is there a participation minimum?

Most of our tours have no minimum but there is a minimum of 2 people for a few of our trips. If you are interested in a trip that has a minimum of 2 persons and are travelling solo we can take down your information and contact you if more people book the trip.

Do you do private departures for any of your tours?

Yes, we arrange private departures on request. Most of the tours we offer can be arranged as a private tour. If you wish to have a private tour arranged you can contact us through email custom@adventures.is.

Please have a look at all of our private tours.

Do you have a waiting list for tours?

We, unfortunately, don’t have a waiting list for our tours but feel free to check the availability sheet on our website as all updates will automatically be made to the sheet listed in each tour‘s description. We also offer a lot of different adventure tours around Iceland so chances are that we will have a similar version of the tour that you were originally looking for.

How does the refunding procedures work when we cancel a tour?

If we cancel a tour you have booked with us you will receive a 100% refund. The refund process is different depending on the way you booked the tour.

If you booked the tour on our website we will start the refund as soon as we know you will not be rescheduling and you will receive a separate email with the confirmation once the refund has been processed. It can then take a few days for the amount to show back up on your bank account once the refund has been processed and we, therefore, ask you to be patient.

If you booked the tour through a booking agent you will need to contact them to receive the refund. We will confirm with them that the tour was cancelled and the refund process will start on their end. Arctic Adventures only receives a payment when the tour has finished, this means that your payment is still with the booking agent and therefore, the refund will be processed by them.

If you pay with you card via email or phone you will need to contact us the same way again to be refunded.

I want to book but a member of my group has not reached the minimum age, what can I do?

We can not accommodate a person that has not reached the age limit on the tour. We put great value towards the safety of our customers and the minimum age policy falls under this. The minimum age requirement is decided by our operational managers and is dependent on each activity and it‘s difficulty ratings and can, therefore, vary between tours. We ask you to try to understand that this is based on safety procedures and we can therefore unfortunately not make any exceptions to this rule.

Arctic Adventures is a part of VAKINN which is the official quality and environmental system within Icelandic tourism. VAKINN provides validation of insurance, safety and regulatory requirements which supports increased quality and safety within the tourism industry.

The tour I am trying to book has less seats available than I need, what can I do?

Our website shows the correct number of available seats left so we can unfortunately not accommodate you and your group if the number of your group extends the number of available seats left. It is not possible to squeeze additional participants onto the departure as we have really strict policy measures as to how many participants are assigned to each guide on our tour departures. This is of course done with our customers safety in mind, so we do hope that you understand.

Which payment methods does Arctic Adventures accept?

We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club for all countries.

In addition, we offer various local payment methods in many other countries such as UnionPay and JCB (Japan Credit Bureau).

Do I need any insurance before going on an Arctic Adventures tour?

As with any and all world travel, we strongly recommend having travel insurances that can provide cover if you need to cancel your travel reservation with short notice. We also recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland.

What type of safety can be expected on the tours?

Vehicles are equipped for both summer and winter driving conditions, and drivers are very experienced driving in difficult conditions.

Before starting any of the activities, participants will receive a safety briefing highlighting the safe and proper use of equipment, the role of guides during the trip, and the significant risks and hazards involved in their activity. The safety briefing will also cover potentially foreseeable scenarios that may arise and explain how participants should react in such circumstances. Our guides will also outline their expectations of participants during the trip where needed and address any specific questions or concerns that may arise during this time.

Any medical conditions or personal health concerns that may jeopardize your well-being or affect your ability to meet the physical demands of the trip must be clearly communicated to the trip leader before the tour start. Any medications you may require for minor medical conditions (asthma inhalers, etc.), should be kept close and you should bring it with you on the trip if possible. It is important that you notify your guide about such medications and their whereabouts before setting off.

Where can I find more information about Ice Caves?

The Ice Caves in Iceland are truly magical. If you want to learn more about them this information page on Ice Caves will be a great help.

Disclaimer
All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.

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